Things I Like about America: Personal Narratives

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Hawthorne Books, 2002 - History - 224 pages
15 Reviews
In a style reminiscent of David Sedaris, Barbara Ehrenreich, and Scott Carrier, these true stories of odd jobs, eccentric characters, boarding houses, buses, and beer chronicle Ballantine's search for America as he rides the Greyhound bus from small town to small town where he struggles to exist on minimum wage and be published. Written with piercing intimacy and self-effacing humor, Ballantine's stories provide entertainment, social commentary, and poignant slices of life.
  

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Review: Things I Like About America: Personal Narratives

User Review  - Emily Macrander - Goodreads

This book is probably one of the best pieces of writing I've come across lately. His writing made me feel good about reading. It's like food for the soul. I'm really thinking I want to read more of his works. Read full review

Review: Things I Like About America: Personal Narratives

User Review  - Rachel - Goodreads

Poe Ballantine is a very good writer, and he does a great job of blending wordsmithery with grit, the strong reminder that the world is full of people who are just trying to make rent, often moving ... Read full review

Contents

Shes Got Barney Rubble Eyes
15
Failure of a Man Named Love
51
Where the Rain Belongs
67
Never and Nowhere
87
A Piano Player Enters the Room
101
Bingo Clock
115
How I Lost My Mind and Other Adventures
129
La Calidad de la Vida
149
An Unfamiliar Form of Solitaire
161
Things I Like About America
181
Estrellita
213
Poe Ballantine
223
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Poe Ballantine currently lives in Chadron, Nebraska, and his work has previously appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The Sun, and The Coal City Review. He won a Best American Short Story award in 1998, as well as garnering numerous Pushcart and O'Henry nominations. His debut book of non-fiction stories, Things I Like About America, was published in 2002.

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